Just about everyone I know has one of these iPhone things.Â I played around my nephews the other day and was amazed at all the colorful, useless apps that he had on the thing.Â I think there were a dozen “flashlight” apps alone.
But the iPhone really does have some legitimate apps out there for those of us that are a bit green conscious.Â These represent to me the most practical of the bunch.Â Ones that you wont just play with a few times and put aside, but apps that you might find yourself using day after day in your quest to live a more green life.
1) The Green Meter An iPhone app that “computes your vehicle’s power and fuel usage characteristics and evaluates your driving to increase efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and cost, and lower your environmental impact.”Â Pretty impressive. The app uses the iPhone’s accelerometer data combined with user supplied info about the vehicle to provide a real time picture of your fuel consumption and environmental emissions. $5.99
2) iRecycle is an application from our friends at Earth911.com.Â Simple but essential, you input what you are looking to recycle, and it not only tells you were to go, it also shows a map and gives you directions based on your current location. Free
3) GoodGuide is an app that:Â “Provides iPhone users access to the world’s largest and most reliable source of information on the health, environmental and social performance of everyday products and companies. Thatâ€™s free, easy, mobile access to data on over 70,000 products â€” from shampoo to household cleaners.” Free
4) Bike Your Drive is a bike app that records GPS info, calories burned, gas saved and CO2 offset.Â This REI created iPhone application plots out a map of the distance you cover on a bike and even geo-tags photos you take on the way, so you can see where they were taken. It also allows you to share the details of your bike trip. Free
5) GreenSpot Available inÂ a free (ad supported) version, or a pay version for $1.99 GreenSpot delivers green oriented news from major news feeds directly to your iPhone. $1.99
6) Craigsphone Although not strictly an environmental app, buying usedÂ or even checking the free section of Craigslist is a great way to help the environment.Â You save space in the landfill, and you save the environmental impact associated with polluting.Â If you are doing home repair or remodeling check out the materials section.Â Often builders will have leftover supplies or fixtures removed from another house at a fraction of the cost of new.Â Craigsphone gives you the local craigslist and can dial the numbers for you. Free
7) Find Green provides a local, GPS based guide to green business in your immediate area. In addition, itÂ lets the user add, rate and review their own favorite green business. It’s like a Yelp! for green businesses, and best of all, it’s free.
8 ) Uni-Bus provides bus routes, schedules and arrival times for many major cities using the google transit feed.Â The app maps out bus stops and allows you to save favorite bus stops.Â $1.99
9) Traffic gives real time traffic reports based on your location.Â By avoiding traffic jams and slowdowns, you can save gas and improve air quality.Â The app allows you to view data in list format, or on a map.Â $1.99
10) Green card No, this doesn’t have anything to do with immigration.Â I have tons of business cards laying around my house that are now useless because an address, a phone number, or an email address changed.Â Greencard allows you to send your business card electronically to all you contacts.Â And if you change an email or phone number, all of those people holding your electronic card get an update within minutes.Â Nothing goes to the landfill, no extra trees are harmed.Â And it’s free.
Do you have a favorite iPhone app about the environment that we didn’t cover? Leave a comment and tell us about it! Be sure to use the exact name, so that people can find it on iTunes.